Penrith Conservatorium

2019 Music Scholarships

The Conservatorium is offering six highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

Thanks to the generosity of the Conservatorium’s current sponsors and partners; Penrith City Council, Berger Piepers, Ars Musica and the Joan Sutherland Foundation, six scholarships are open to all instruments including voice.


Applications close Friday 30 November 2018

Auditions will be held at The Joan on 18 January 2019

Click here for more information, including information kit and application form.

Music Lessons

The Conservatorium team of over 25 tutors have outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers, offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard. Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves, whilst many others enjoy the pleasure and excitement music brings into their everyday lives.

Tickle the ivories, sing your heart out, and fiddle a tune!

The Penrith Conservatorium of Music is the premiere place for music lessons in Western Sydney. Whether you’d like to learn for leisure, learn to write a song, or determined to become the next piano prodigy, our quality teachers will bring out the best in you. The proven preferred delivery method for music lessons, the one-to-one nature allows the class to be tailored to you – your learning style, pace and preferences.

For students of all ages, beginner to advanced, our experienced music teachers are qualified to prepare all students wanting AMEB and/or HSC examinations, right through to top concert standard.

Music Lesson format: Weekly lessons during school terms

Our teachers: Rest assured, our qualified, experienced teachers WWCC screened, qualified and all come from rigorous training in performance and decades of experience.

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Contact us

Phone: 4723 7611

Singing Lessons

What better place is there to learn to sing than right here at the venue named after the Dame herself?

A budding Katy Perry? The next Joan Sutherland? No matter the style, learn to sing with proper vocal technique, style and concert stage manner.

For voice, we offer private voice lessons in the following genres and styles:

* Contemporary Voice
* Classical Voice (Opera)
* Musical Theatre
* R&B (Rhythm and Blues)
* Pop/Rock

Our Voice Teachers

Michelle Foreman, Clare Richards, Rebecca Hilder, Teri Hughes-Everard, Lyn Phillips, Brittanie Shipway, Sussane Towers, Timothy Wells

Piano Lessons

By far the most popular instrument of all time, learn to play the keys with expression, style and technique from the foremost institution for music learning.

We offer private tuition for all styles of piano. Whether you want to play pop, leisure, jazz, or classical, we’ve got you covered.

Of course, no need to bring your own piano! Our excellent studios are soundproofed, pianos are tuned and our teachers will get your fingers moving for a full brain workout!

AMEB, HSC and university entrance exams are catered for, for those who are serious about becoming the next Yuja Wang.

Our Piano Teachers

Saadet Dagistanli, Jennifer Hammond, Amanda Handel, John Hines, Catherine Laws, Lyn Phillips, Finn Pursell, Jillian Talbot

Drum and Percussion Lessons

Got that rhythm? Twirl those drum sticks… and more!

Learn to rock to Coldplay or become a budding percussionist in the Penrith Youth Orchestra! Heavy Metal inclined? A true classical musician? There’s a place for you!

We teach:

* Drum Kit (Contemporary, rock, jazz, heavy metal)
* Djembe (African drumming)
* Orchestral Percussion lessons
* Bongos

Our Drum Teachers

Joshua Isaac

Violin and Viola Lessons

Fiddle away your favourite tunes!

We can teach you to play Twinkle Twinkle or Let it Go, as well as Bach and Wieniawski!

The violin is one of the easiest instruments to transport and a pathway into being part of the Penrith Youth Orchestra. The highest stringed instrument in the orchestra, learn to create beautiful music and identify the different bowing techniques, pizzicato and fingering.

The viola is quite similar to the violin in its shape and the way it’s held, but much lower in pitch. If you prefer lower pitches to high sounds, this is the instrument for you! Good viola players are always in high demand, and opens up many opportunities for chamber music and orchestral performances.

No matter the style or level, we have a teacher to bring out the best in you!

Not sure if your child will continue? Hire a violin or viola from us!

Our Violin and Viola Teachers:

Clare Richards, Rotraud Schneider, Zizi Alyozha

Cello Lessons

One of the most beautiful sounding instruments in the world, be careful not to fall in love when you hear its serenade.

The tenor of the strings, you will learn to read bass and tenor clefs, as well as all the bowing, fingering, positions and pizzicato techniques demanded from all string instruments.

Learn to create the heart-warming velvety sounds of the cello and join an orchestra or two!

Need Cello hire?

Cellos come in all sizes so as you outgrow your instrument, you will need to upgrade. Hiring is an affordable option until you reach a full size cello. Our teachers will advise you the best time to move up a size.

Our Cello Teachers:

Michelle Gore

Guitar and Ukulele Lessons

Strum away and groove to your favourites with guitar lessons at Penrith Conservatorium!

Tune up your electric guitar, plug in your amp and groove to the music! Or is acoustic your guitar of choice? Bring along your instrument and learn from our fantastic teachers who will help you reach your musical potential.

Accompany yourself (or a better singer!) to the likes of Jason Mraz (I’m Yours) on the ukulele. Or create your own Polynesian sounds.

While you’re at it, why not add to your mix with some bass guitar lessons? The possibilities are endless – you’ll become a rockstar in no time!

If classical guitar is your cup of tea, we’ve got you covered, never fear!

Our Guitar Teachers:

Cameron Kinsey, Jacob Wielgosz

Flute Lessons

The bird of the orchestra, trill away prettily with a magic flute!

Though a favourite among young girls, this instrument is great for every student, male or female, young or mature. The flute is great to begin at about 8 or 9 years old, but for those younger, starting with the recorder is highly recommended. The pitch between the 2 instruments is the same, as are tonguing and breathing techniques for phrasing and sound control.

Learn to breath properly, learn to use your diaphragm and increase your lung capacity, and produce wonderful music at the same time. Your teacher will teach you to assemble, clean and take care of your instrument.

Our Flute and Recorder Teachers: 

Ross Harries, Karin Hentschel, Jason Thornton

Clarinet and Saxophone Lessons

Love the mellow, warm tone of the clarinet? Or the jazzy notes of the saxophone?

Melt the hearts of all who hear with the clarinet! Clarinet is best started at around 8-9 years of age, but in the meantime, starting with the recorder will give you a head start!

Learning phrasing and breathing the right way will enhance your musical expression. Our expert tutors will teach you to attach and replace your reeds and learn the fingering of the notes you’d like to play.

Contrary to the picture on the left of the sweet boy holding a mini saxophone, it is often started a little later as it is slightly more difficult to produce the sound. Did you know the fingering for producing the notes are the same for both clarinet and saxophone?

Our Clarinet and Saxophone Teachers:

Ross Harries, Jason Thornton

Theory and Composition

Many of our tutors offer sessions dedicated to the study of music theory and composition. This is most commonly undertaken in preparation for AMEB and HSC exams, but also by students seeking support with tertiary level music studies and professional musicians looking to acquire new skills.

Music for Toddlers

Kickstarting life with music!

Bounce, clap, wiggle and boogie your way to a musical life! Our much loved Music for Toddlers courses are a superb way to introduce your toddler to all things musical. In these fast-paced, play-based sessions, your toddler will be introduced to the three areas of musical readiness – singing, rhythm and listening, which prepare them for future development and lifelong learning.

Children can begin in the program from 18 months of age and must be accompanied by an adult because we know you, the parent, are their most important teacher in life.

La La Lambs: 18 months to 3 years

Time: 9.30am & 11:30am (40 minute classes)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Cost: $160 per term (8 weeks)

Hear ye, hear ye! Make way for “Terrific Twos”!

Through instrument play, singing and dancing, our La La Lambs class concentrates on the development of language, rhythm and motor skills of your little one. Using word play, rhyme and song, your lamb will love the age appropriate finger coordination activities, instrument play and story time in line with a strong focus on basic rhythmic concepts.

Using the best of both traditional and cutting edge music education methods, your terrific two or three year old (or almost two!) will enjoy the collaborative activities with you, and best of all, sing, play and laugh!


Basic music concepts:

– introduction of Italian words
– basic music symbols
– rhythmic values, beat and pulse
– tapping and instrument play
– imitative singing and pitch differentiation


– speech development
– rhyme and syntax
– rhythm and flow
– story time responsiveness

Fine and gross motor skills development:

– music associated movement
– balance and coordination of limbs
– finger control development

Social development:

– social graces in group setting environment
– self awareness
– sharing and interaction

Funky Monkeys 3-5 years

Time: 10.30am (40 minute classes)

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Cost: $160 per term (8 weeks)

Uptown Funk for Preschoolers

Our Funky Monkeys class allows your preschooler to utilise their natural curiosities to explore the world of music. Through imaginative play and active listening, your funky monkey will be introduced to more complex music concepts and forms which consequently will build on their learning.

Your child will also be introduced to language, letters, phonics and numbers and how they are applied in the context of music. With a strong school readiness focus, the activities have a strong peer to peer element and group setting.


Music concepts: further development

– Italian words and meanings
– notation: pitch and rhythm
– development of singing and instrument play
– creative expression and application
– music structures and form introduction
– exposure to a wide variety of genres

Social development: (school readiness)

– confidence building and self awareness
– engaging respectfully with peers
– cooperative teamwork
– awaiting one’s turn
– respectful hand raising

Language and reading development: (school readiness)

– expressing one’s ideas, thoughts and feelings
– letters, phonics, 2-3 letter words
– story structures

Problem solving, introduction of critical thinking, pattern recognition

– counting and basic maths structures in music


For enrolment, please contact Administration on 4723 7611 or 4723 7600 or email

For more information, please email us.

Teacher - Clare Richards

Clare began her musical studies at the The Joan on violin at age 5, and by the age of 16 also began studying classical voice. Her focus shifting just to the voice after finishing high school, completing her exams in 8th grade voice with distinction through Trinity College London, and then continuing onto a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A recipient of the Elizabeth Todd Leider Prize, and with a great passion for new music, Clare was thrilled to round out her time at university, performing Steve Reich’s, Music for 18 Musicians with Splash Percussion at the Sydney Verge Festival, and also featuring as Amy, in new musical Just A Second.

Also while at university, Clare performed with MUSE, singing as lead soprano in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and was vocal director of their inaugural compilation show. Clare has also performed as both a chorister and soloist with both the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and St James Cathedral Choirs, touring Melbourne and Singapore with the St James in 2014.

Selected as a young artist for the Canberra International Music Festival, Clare performed alongside the Song Company in various concerts across the capital city, and recently was a participant in the WAAPA International Song Academy. Clare is also a regular performer with the Voci Stupende ensemble, performing concerts in regional New South Wales.

Clare continues to work alongside coaches from Opera Australia on various projects, and looks forward to working with young people at The Joan, helping them master the best possible vocal techniques, encouraging the importance of music education, and a love for all sorts of music.